This superbly presented café and restaurant is situated in the highly sought after location of Stansted Mountfitchet (near Stansted Airport). Situated within the commuter belt being approximately ONLY 30 miles from London and also having excellent road communications providing easy access to the M25, A1(M), A120 and the M1 motorways making this superb location an extremely popular commuter area for the major motorways and the major international airports of Stansted, Heathrow and Gatwick. This excellent café and restaurant is well positioned to draw trade not just from the high levels of footfall; due to being centrally positioned in the village of Stansted Mountfitchet, but also from within the catchment area of many similar affluent villages and towns in addition to being situated close to Finchingfield, Great Dunmow, Braintree and Bishops Stortford which provide an excellent level of repeat and passing trade. There are also numerous extensive residential and commercial developments currently being undertaken within the immediate and surrounding locale, which will, when completed, increase the local population immeasurably and therefore have a tremendous positive impact on the business. An enviable place to reside and a compelling trade opportunity.
This impressive 18th Century Grade II listed property occupies a prominent trading position within this densely populated commercial and residential location. Main entrance at the front leading into the lobby with access to the Café and the Restaurant.
Café (circa 20+) being of a good size, providing an inviting and relaxing ambience and is well furnished with an excellent range of solid polished oak tables, leather chairs and leather padded oak chairs. There is also a servery counter and tall standing refrigerated bottle coolers (not tested). Access to the W.C's and the Courtyard.
Restaurant (circa 60+ covers) is a truly delightful room and offers versatile and multi-functional usage; ideal for a variety of events including weddings, wakes and private parties etc and is presented in excellent decorative order. The restaurant is extremely well furnished with an excellent range of solid polished oak tables and a mix of leather chairs, padded leather oak chairs and leather sofas. Adding to the immense charm and character of the room are the beamed walls, the timber pillars and the beamed/vaulted ceiling.
Catering facilities include a fully equipped open plan Commercial Kitchen with stainless steel
appliances and preparation surfaces (appliances not tested). There is also a wash-up room.
Office - situated on the first floor and could be quite easily utilised as a private dining room/meeting room
Ladies and Gents W.C.s.
There is a lovely brick paved Courtyard area (circa 30+) at the rear and is furnished with Rattan style tables. There is also a seating area at the front with tables and chairs. Parking facilities for 2/3 cars.
We are advised that the business trades with the benefit of the Premises Licence (not seen) which permits the sale of alcohol during the hours of:
Monday - Sunday - 11.00am - 4.00pm
The current opening hours are as follows:
Monday - Friday - 07.00am - 4.00pm
Saturday & Sunday - 08.00am - 4.00pm
NB. Important. Prospective purchasers wishing to continue to operate this café and restaurant should ensure that they gain the APLH Qualification in readiness for their intended operation of this business.
The business is offered for sale as a lease assignment with approximately 5 years remaining of the private Free of Tie full repairing and insuring agreement. We are informed that the rent is currently ONLY £17,500 per annum. We are advised that at the end of the term, the Lease (not seen by Guy Simmonds) should be renewable with no further premium - subject to the provision of the Landlord & Tenant Act 1954. We are advised that the inn benefits from all mains services (no services seen or tested). Business rates tba.
Our vendor clients operate this well established and popular business as a husband and wife team on a 'hands-off' basis with the assistance of 3 full time members of staff.
Trade is currently derived from circa 5% wet sales and 95% food sales, thereby providing massive scope for a new hands-on owner operator partnership with previous experience of running a catering/events orientated operation to take this business to the next level by exploiting the alcohol sales and also the functions potential that is to be found here. There are many areas of potential to increase sales and profitability by implementing a strategic marketing campaign to utilise the premises for weddings, private parties and wakes etc. There is also immense potential due to the high level of footfall and passing trade emanating from the exceptionally busy local commercial businesses and shops; to facilitate increased trading hours which would have an incredible positive impact on the turnover and profits. This is truly an exciting business opportunity for those seeking a lifestyle change or an alternative career from the stress and strife of the City.
Advised current turnover circa £210,000+ (incl. VAT). This delightful business is a well-established and successful business and in our opinion with the above areas of potential we would quite easily expect a fully focussed and fully committed operator to achieve a turnover well in excess of £300,000 (incl. VAT).
Accounting information will be made available to interested parties after viewing.
This business was viewed by Martin McConnell who would be delighted to discuss further details and can be contacted on 07970 213549.
Viewing appointments must be made by contacting Guy Simmonds on 01332 865112.